Oxford-bound 3-point specialist
University of Louisville senior guard Will Scott has been accepted to study at Oxford University in England.
Scott will pursue a master’s degree in Modern Chinese Studies, a program that will prepare him for a possible position in diplomacy or business relations with China. Only 15 people in the world are accepted into the two-year program annually. Scott will spend six months in China between the years.
"This is an awesome opportunity for a very much deserving young man," says UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "We’re incredibly proud of Will and I know that the University of Louisville is as well, not only for his admittance but for those that someday desire to pursue a similar opportunity."
Scott, who has a cumulative 3.9 grade point average, will complete his master’s in business administration at UofL this summer. He has already earned a UofL bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in Chinese.
"I’m ecstatic," Scott says. "Many college graduates are uncertain of their futures at this stage of their life, and I now know what I will be doing. It will, however, be an adjustment learning to drive on the other side of the road. I can’t wait."
A native of New York City, Scott is in his third year with the Cardinals after transferring from Cornell University after his freshman year. He is one of the Cardinals’ finest outside shooters.
50 years ago today
UofL basketball fans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals’ 1959 NCAA Final Four team—UofL’s first of eight Final Four teams—during halftime of the West Virginia game on Jan. 31.
The site of the celebration was the same as the actual Final Four that year—Freedom Hall. Seven members attended the event, including All-America forward Don Goldstein, who scored 1,019 points in three seasons at UofL (1956-59). Also scheduled to participate are George Burnette, Bryan Hall, Buddy Leathers, Howard Stacey, Roger Tieman and Jerry Watkins.
The 1958-59 squad posted a 19-12 record while facing 10 teams ranked among the nation’s Top 20 that season. The Cardinals won seven of their last eight regular season games before a 77-63 victory over Eastern Kentucky in the NCAA first round sent them to the NCAA Mideast Regional in Evanston, Ill. It was there that UofL defeated then No. 2 ranked Kentucky 76-61 on March 13 and No. 7 ranked Michigan State 88-81 in the regional championship game to reach the Final Four in Louisville.
Unfortunately, the home court advantage wasn’t enough as the Cards fell to West Virginia 94-79 in the national semifinals. Basketball legend Jerry West poured in 38 points to lead the Mountaineers in that game while Goldstein led the Cardinals with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Fathauer Earns PGA Tour Card
Former UofL golfer Derek Fathauer recently closed Q-School with six consecutive rounds under par to earn his 2009 PGA Tour card. The two-time All-American finished tied for second place with a total of 24 under-par (70-69-65-67-67-70-408).
Fathauer is the third Cardinal to earn his privileges on the PGA Tour joining Jim Ferriell, Jr. and Ted Schulz.
The six round tournament was contested over two of PGA West’s championship courses, the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course and the TPC Stadium Course, home to one of golf’s most diabolical holes, the par 3 island green 17th, appropriately nicknamed "Alcatraz." Fathauer went on to make his 2009 PGA Tour debut in mid-January at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
New arena website launched
UofL recently debuted a website that provides information about the new multiuse arena being built at Second and Main streets in downtown Louisville.
The site, http://www.uoflarenaseats.com, features arena facts and figures, seating diagrams, donation levels, ticket information and a live Web cam on the construction site.
The arena will be the home of UofL men’s and women’s basketball teams, beginning with the 2010-11 season.